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Matter of Opinion

Cesar Chavez Day?

There are immigrant marches going on today, but not on the scale seen last May 1.

Our newspaper building is located right across the street from the federal courthouse and a small gathering of protesting students is gathered there now. The students are handing out petitions. I expected it to be about rights for undocumented workers, but instead it was a petition urging Congress to declare March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.

The petition reads, in part: He led the historic non-violent movement of poor working people...He inspired farm workers and millions of people who never worked on a farm to commit themselves to social, economic and civil rights activism.

Those pushing for this national holiday chose March 31 because it's the birthday of Chavez.

Rebecca Nappi photo/The Spokesman-Review




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